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GOP lawmakers defend Florida Housing Finance Corp.’s expenses

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Republican lawmakers came to the defense of the state’s beleaguered affordable housing organization during a presentation of audit findings critical of the agency. The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee formally heard the report Thursday; the audit of the Florida Housing Finance Corp. (FHFC), steward of both state and federal affordable housing money, was released in December. Lawmakers focused on lavish events thrown for lenders and board members, including a $52,000 dinner with broiled lobster and filet mignon, and another that featured a $420 Spanish charcuterie station. State audit manager…

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Bills would delete lobbying-firm audit requirement

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In November a group of legislators reviewing the first-ever audits of lobbying firm income started to wonder why they were doing it. “I don’t understand how the public’s interest is advanced by this exercise,” said state Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who sits on the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. “I just don’t see how this information is relevant” other than being a “marketing tool for big lobbying firms.” Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that now legislation (HB 4065/SB 1636) filed for the 2016…

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Auditing panel muses whether lobbyists should be audited

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A panel of state lawmakers going over the first-ever audits of lobbying firm income on Monday started bringing up a common question: Why are we doing this? “I may be an outlier … (but) I don’t understand how the public’s interest is advanced by this exercise,” said state Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who sits on the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. “I just don’t see how this information is relevant,” he said, other than being a “marketing tool for big lobbying firms.” This was the…

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Battle of the sexes? Legislators vote along gender lines in bid to hire new state auditor general

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It was a battle of the sexes at a joint legislative panel meeting Monday morning with a bipartisan, bicameral group of female legislators supporting a woman as the state’s new auditor general and a like group of men supporting the male candidate. It took a second vote — and Joint Legislative Committee Chairman state Sen. Joseph Abruzzo announcing he was going to support Sherrill Norman — before a candidate could muster enough votes to be named the next state auditor general.…

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Hospital taxing district on Rep. Larry Metz’s radar again

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State Rep. Larry Metz has requested an audit of the North Lake County Hospital District. Metz wants the state Auditor General to review the district’s financial statements from 2012 through the end of the fiscal year and has requested that the audit be completed by September, 2016. That’s two months before voters in Lake County will be asked to weigh in on whether the North Lake County Hospital District, which has taxing authority, should continue. Under a law passed in…

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